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Architecture Spotlight: Abhay Wadhwa

-By Ben Hinson-

Abhay Wadhwa, aka “The Poet of Light” is a very interesting personality in the world of architecture and design. His formative years in the 70s and 80s were spent in India, and if you had told him then that today he would be heading up his own successful architectural lighting firm in New York City, chances are he would not have believed you. But yet here he is, his firm, AWA Lighting Designers firmly established in Brooklyn. And this specialist has certainly made a name for himself: his work has been featured across India, New York City, Dubai, New Jersey, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia. Check out the below pictures that offer a sample of his achievements to date:

Brigade gateway – bangalore india

Holland tunnel – New Jersey

Nets go @ seoul plaza – south korea

icici bank – india

Trained as an architect, he discovered his passion for lighting design while working part-time at a theater gig during his sophomore year in architecture school. He founded AWA Lighting Designers in 2002, and since then has transformed his startup into a respected global brand. Abhay likes to focus on projects with high design content, projects that are challenging, projects that can make people happier and use lighting to influence moods. His economic approach to lighting design is to be cost effective and energy efficient. His aesthetic approach is a poetic one, that involves enhancing specific focus points and revealing subtle architectural details and rhythms. And his eclectic nature is evident even in conversation. When I spoke with Abhay for this article, we discussed topics ranging from the intricacies of lighting design (lighting levels, lighting litigation, lighting across different cultures) to history, anthropology and economics across Asia, the Caribbean and Europe. He is quite a unique character, and I appreciated that about him. If I was a contractor/builder evaluating an architectural service provider, besides having a Big Picture, intimate understanding of the project, I would also want someone who took into serious consideration the market, cultural and social forces; past and present, at play, and for that Mr. Abhay Wadhwa has my salute. Talking with him was definitely a treat. Be sure to check out his firm, AWA Lighting Designers for more samples of their work. I’ll leave you with the below video of Abhay speaking at the 2015 Professional Lighting Designers Conference. Enjoy.

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Crystallized Light Installation for Melissa Shoes in NYC

crystallized light installation

Dichroic acrylic casts colored light and reflections.

crystallized light installation 1

Rear installation from below.

crystallized light installation 3

Sunlight passes through the installation.

New York city’s multi-disciplinary studio SOFTlab has created an immersive installation to showcase the winter 2015 collection — titled star walker — of shoe company melissa. Located at their store in Manhattan, the structure acts as a kaleidoscopic lantern that creates an otherworldly atmosphere within the shop. The piece is tied to the crystal, which is highly refined yet primitive. they can be found anywhere, yet their ubiquitousness never constrains them to the ordinary.

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Article Written by : Nick Brink

Image courtesy of : SOFTlab

Source : Designboom

Solaris Installation Visualizes Brain Waves with Magnetic Liquid


The magnetically charged fluorescent liquid


The neuro interface emotive epoc headset

The interactive installation by save lab demonstrates a influence field using a permanent magnet on magnetically charged fluorescent liquids. ‘solaris’ is a two phase system that modifies it’s surfaces to the unique transmissions from the human brain. The way it works is, the user wears a neuro sensitive headset, that computes brain activity and sends information to the installation, where its physicalized using magnetic waves. The studio tested the installation on different age groups, and professions. The results confirmed that brain activity and mood reflected the dynamics and characters of the liquids in the sphere.

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Article Written by : Piotr Boruslawski

Image courtesy of : Save Lab

Source : Designboom

The World’s Largest Outdoor Art Gallery


Vivid Sydney

Lighting up the buildings and spaces of Sydney, Australia, is Vivid Sydney, the annual light art event. The 18 day festival, turns Sydney into a wonderland of light art sculptures, and is the world’s largest outdoor art gallery.

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Image courtesy of : Vivid Sydney

Source : Contemporist

Augmented Modelling 3D Printed Jewellery


3D Printed Jewellery

This augmented modelling tool enables users to touch, poke, rub or pinch geometric forms projected onto their skin to design wearable 3D-printed pieces. Digital research studio Madlab has developed a system that combines projection mapping with depth and motion sensing technologies to create customised jewellery and other items worn around the wrist, Called Tactum.

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Article Written by: Katie Treggiden

GIFS courtesy of : Madlab

Source : Dezeen

An interactive canvas by Aakash Nihalani


An interactive canvas of projection mapped “Shuffle”

Aakash Nihalani creates an interactive canvas for his new series of ‘projections’, comprising cubic designs projected onto a white wall that respond to the movements of an active participant. a nearby sensor tracks the motion of viewer’s hand, revealing a composition that reacts in real time using coding and motion software.

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Article Written by: Nina Azzarello

Photo courtesy of: Aakash Nihalani

Source: Designboom.

New Sculpture In Los Angeles

Cliff Garten Completes New Sculpture In Los Angeles

Los Angeles Opens Its Heart Of Compassion

Los Angeles Opens Its Heart of Compassion is a stunning sculpture in both its scale and urban vision. The delight and strangeness of the colliding traditional and contemporary images held within the sculpture are what attracts attention from the street. The sculpture like the City is opening to the possibility of its surroundings, embracing the pulse and people of the City.The lotus flower seen in ancient Korean art has been layered into multiple readings in much the same way that Korean culture in Korea town has been layered into the fabric of other cultures from other places.

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Artist: Cliff Garten

Photo courtesy of: Jeremy Green

Source: contemporist.

Universe of water particles on the Grand Palais in Paris


The waterfall, projected on the facade of the Grand Palais in Paris

For the Art Paris Art Fair 2015, Teamlab have transformed Paris’ historic Grand Palais into an immersive, ever-evolving waterfall. The projection-mapped simulation has been calculated by tracking the movement of water falling on a 3D model of the structure in a virtual computer environment. ‘Universe of water particles on the Grand Palais’ is expressed as continuum of hundreds of thousand of droplets that flow in accordance with how the computer calculates the interaction of the particles.The concept derives from traditional Japanese painting of oceans, rivers and bodies of water, expressed as a curvilinear series of lines.

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Article Written by: Nina Azzarello.

Photo courtesy of: Eric Valdenaire.

Source: Designboom

Miguel Chevalier’s digital arabesques adapt to visitors’ movements


Mathematical formulas and infrared-sensors control the floor

Miguel Chevalier was influenced by Moroccan culture when creating ‘digital arabesques 2015′, a generative and interactive installation shown in association with four french institutes in Morocco. The work recreates Moroccan artistic traditions with a digital medium, creating massive sensor-controlled carpets of light. Multicolored digital scenes compose patterns reminiscent to the art of zelliges, arabesques, mosaics, and the world of mashrabiya–latticework.

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Article Written by: Nick Brink

Photo courtesy of: Miguel Chevalier

Source: Designboom

Trends Magazine Features Interview with Abhay Wadhwa

AWA Design Principal recently sat down with Home & Design Trends Magazine to talk about lighting, and how it is not merely a form of illumination but a tool for story telling.

The following is an except from the interview. CLICK HERE to download full PDF Article

You were initially pursuing architecture. What made you suddenly venture into light design?
As a young boy, I loved to create and had a knack for making things and that was the prime reason why I enrolled for architecture at the JJ School of Architecture in 1987. While I was in college, I was not a very focused student and was involved in organizing college shows and fests. There was this one particular students conference of architecture that I was organizing, Which had musicians coming and playing. Just before we were about to begin the man who was in-charge for the light and music needed some help and I volunteered to help him out to set the stage. So I climbed up on the catwalk and was setting up the lights and the moment I finished and the lights went on, I knew I wanted to venture into light design. In those few seconds I knew this is what I wanted to do. It was almost like an instant realization. Now when I look back, I still get goose bumps because I did not realize I was going to stick with it for this long but even back then I knew that I loved it.

What would you call as the turning point in your career?
The turning point would have to be my time at the Lighting Research Center at RPI in upstate New York. I moved to it after my time at University of Southern California. I had one year at USC and that was fun but this was real, a serious boot camp and I was working as a research assistant for my stipend and I was doing an unfunded thesis that was published in technical papers. This is what I wanted to do, I wanted to learn light design right down to the last bit, so that I could really craft it. Mark Rea, the director of my centre who is still a great friend, told me something very special once I finished the programme. He said, “When you came in, you were all over the place and we straightened you out.” Frankly, I don’t disagree with that. I was all over the place. They channelized me. From being a crazy kid who was doing everything, they straightened me out and I have no problem in accepting that because he was and still is one of the best vision scientists in the world. He once said, “If you are a good scientist then you need to design and if you are a good designer you need to know how the technical stuff works. You see that realization, left side, right side of the brain, that’s rubbish. I think both sides of the brain have to work with what I do. In architecture also it’s not about one side of the brain, the left side of the brain. If you’re really creating architecture, you can’t really do it without knowing the technical side. So in that it’s kind of bauhausian, like the Bauhaus School, that you need to know your craft. I have always been fascinated by the German and Japanese system of being apprentices in order to learn your craft.

What parameters do you take into consideration while executing your light design?
When I look at a space one of the first few things one would take into consideration would be of how one would approach it, where the poetry lies, where is the emotional connect and where is the science. Functionality is another important aspect. Also there needs to be a connect with the architecture and how to augment the light with it. So after the initial analysis, we start looking at is the focal points of a project. Light is not merely an illumination. It is a storytelling and an illustrative medium.


– Interview with Kamna Malik